From left: Eskinder Nega, Sintayehu Chekol and keleb Seyoum. Image: Balderas/Social media
By Mahlet Fasil @MahletFasil
Addis Abeba, September 09/2020 – The federal prosecutors have charged Eskendir Nega, founder and chief of the opposition Balderas for Real Democracy, with terrorism, and 4 others with felony fees (two of them in absentia), on the Federal Excessive Courtroom Lideta Department.
Information Alert: Federal prosecutors have filed terrorism fees on @eskinder_nega, chief of the opposition get together @BalderasAddis & two others with him. Prison fees had been additionally filed on three different defendants in the identical file on the Fed. Excessive Courtroom, FBC stated. This story creating pic.twitter.com/1SpqhRPA3j— Addis Customary (@addisstandard) September 10, 2020
Henok Aklilu, Eskinder’s lawyer, advised Addis Customary that the fees had been introduced in opposition to the defendants of their absence and they’re but to obtain copies of the cost sheet. Henok stated he first heard the information from state affiliated Fana Broadcasting Company. Henok is the at the moment on the premises of the Federal Courtroom ready for extra info on the character of the fees, he stated.
#Ethiopia court docket sentenced Keleb Seyoum, govt member of the opposition Unity Celebration in #Gonder, to 4yrs in jail on terrorism fees https://t.co/16ng8qFNZj— Addis Customary (@addisstandard) Could 23, 2017
Addis Customary has learnt that along with Eskinder, Sintayehu Chekol, one other senior member of Balderas get together, Keleb Seyoum, former govt member of the opposition Unity Celebration and is initially from Gonder, Amhara regional state, are among the many seven charged at present. Like Eskinder, Keleb was serving a jail time period after being convicted of terrorism earlier than the discharge of political prisoners in March 2018. She was arrested in Addis Abeba whereas searching for a job quickly after her college commencement. A mom of 1 at the moment, Keleb was nursing her first born when she was convicted of terrorism.
It’s not clear if Keleb and Sintayehu are the opposite two defendants going through terrorism fees. The remaining defendants are: Askale Demmissie, Getnet Bekele, Ashenafi Aweke and Tithawi Gebremedihin (the later two in absentia).
#Ethiopia: @AddisPolice detained Eskinder Nega, founder & chief of the opposition get together Balderas for Real Democracy at present from his workplace, lawyer Henok Aklilu advised AS's @MahletFasil. He added that the police didn't say why Eskinder was detained, nor the place he was detained at. pic.twitter.com/n6dcjvpGOU— Addis Customary (@addisstandard) July 1, 2020
Eskinder, Sintayehu and Keleb had been arrested within the first week of July following the June 29 assassination of outstanding Oromo artist Hachalu Hundessa. The police accused them of inciting violence in Addis Abeba in the aftermath of the assassination. AS
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